Best wishes 2021 !

The Gervanne and Matthias Leridon Collection wishes you all the best for this new year. On this occasion, the collection highlights the talent of the young photographer Alice Mann in an original video!

Alice Mann, Wakiesha Titus et Riley Van Harte, Cape Town, South Africa, Serie Drummies, 2018, Digital inkjet print, 81 x 101 cm ©Alice Mann, courtesy Afronova Gallery

The artwork Wakiesha Titus and Riley Van Harte, Cape Town, South Africa explores the majorettes’ world in the townships of South Africa. Beyond glitter and glamour, these young majorettes assert their identity, their culture and their autonomy. The pink and purple tones, the softness of feathers, sequins… this world of sweetness and trinkets is confronted with the precariousness of the place: trash and dilapidated staircase. This dizzying face to face confrontation takes us beyond appearances to better tackle the harsh reality that accompanies these majorettes on a daily basis. Far from gangs and urban decay, they confront our gaze and challenge us. These young girls are experienced sportswomen and are used to competitions. They practice their art to better emancipate themselves from their surroundings and their environment. Alice Mann documents here the rise of a new feminist culture.

Discover an exclusive interview of the artist below!

MABELE ELEKI LOLA ! The earth, brighter than paradise

An exhibition by Freddy Tsimba at the Royal Museum for Central Africa – AfricaMuseum

29.10.2020 – 15.08.2021

Poster of the exhibition ©Africa Museum

Rusty metal, beer caps, shell casings, machetes… To plunge into Freddy Tsimba’s world is to plunge into everything our society leaves behind, waste as well as wounds.

The Gervanne and Matthias Leridon Collection is proud to lend five new works for the flagship exhibition of the year 2020 dedicated to this artist, “Mabele eleki lola! The earth brighter than paradise”. Thus, as you walk through the exhibition halls that will open to the public on Thursday 29 October 2020, you will discover “Encore un effort” (2011), “I’ll not give them my diamond I, II, III” (2014), as well as “Réveil Sommeil” (2011). Busts of women, constructions, silhouettes, fragmented and provocative sculptures, all monumental works made of bronze, metal, earth or cement, each with its own unique and profound symbolic charge. If you don’t delay, you may even come across the artist, dressed in overalls or a three-piece suit.

In this exhibition, Freddy Tsimba’s very special works are brought into dialogue for an exceptional and timeless encounter with thirty pieces from the Africa Museum. Conceived by In Koli Jean Bofane, curator of the exhibition, this encounter reveals Freddy Tsimba’s work in a new light.

Freddy Tsimba, Kinshasa, 2018 © Elodie Grégoire

Optimist, lover of life and beauty, Freddy Tsimba is a committed artist-sculptor from the Democratic Republic of Congo. A tireless fighter for the rights of women and men, he models with his bare hands the eventful history of his country and the world. He is the only one who knows how to transform war and sublimate men’s violence by creating a new aesthetic through his sculptures. In the course of his peregrinations, Freddy Tsimba gleaned scrap metal and abandoned objects, all of which constitute the raw material for his works. These objects are bearers of the tragic history of his country. Through his works, he creates a new narrative to bear witness to the essential questions of the humanity that surrounds him. His art is only a translation of his environment, of what he has been given to see, to touch, to hear. He does not seek to please but to testify, to express both a cry of repressed pain and a message of hope.

Detail of the work Encore un effort… exhibited at the Africa Museum, Tervuren, 2020 (2011, welded spoons, knives and forks, 180 x 600 x 300 cm
©Collection Gervanne and Matthias Leridon

Freddy Tsimba’s art is an ode to life, a message of timeless and universal peace. Don’t waste time and book your time slot as soon as possible, this exhibition opens on October 29th and will be on view until August 15th 2021.

Don’t hesitate any longer and go and meet the unique works of this major artist of contemporary Congolese creation!

Matthias Leridon and Freddy Tsimba in front of the works “I’ll not give them my diamond I, II, III”, exhibited at the Africa Museum, Tervuren, 2020 (2014, soldered keys, respectively 215x102x98 cm, 210x120x58 cm, 200x83x56 cm)
© Collection Gervanne and Matthias Leridon

Find out more : Africa Museum

I LOVE YOU, Hassan Musa’s exhibition

At Gallery Maia Muller from 09.05.2020 to 10.24.2020

The Maia Muller Gallery opened its doors on September 5, 2020 to contemporary artist Hassan Musa and his series “I love you”. Gervanne and Matthias Leridon are pleased to support this major exhibition of the artist through the loan of the work “I love you with my AK47 (black woman)” from their Collection.

Hassan Musa, I love you with my AKA 47 (Femme noire), 2019, oil on canvas assembled on wood, 90 x 121 cm ©Hassan Musa, courtesy Collection Gervanne et Matthias Leridon

Hassan Musa is a creator of images with multiple references: European painting, Arabic calligraphy or Chinese watercolor. His paintings and inks on textiles are the hybrid result of a reappropriation of the iconography of several cultural heritages. Aware of the omnipresence of images in our societies and the violence they convey, the artist diverts them in order to exploit their own violence as a means of defense. His critical view of Western art, politics and culture serves a logic of transmission: Musa gives back to the world its own images. The artist immerses you in the history of the world and the arts in order to bring together in his works past and recent elements, each thoughtfully thought out and thoughtfully positioned on the canvas.

Through this exhibition, Hassan Musa awakens our imagination. Go on a journey by visiting this new personal exhibition “I LOVE YOU” at the Maia Muller Gallery.

Maia Muller Gallery
19 rue Chapon
75003 PARIS

Re-opening of the exhibition “Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art” at the Astrup Fearnley Museet

Extension of the exhibition until September 6th, 2020

Inaugurated on January 31st, 2020 and closed since mid-March due to global lockdown, the exhibition Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art  at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo (Norway) reopened its doors to visitors on June 16th, 2020! The exhibition will be on display until September 6th, 2020. Gervanne and Matthias Leridon are supporting this major exhibition through the loan of works by three major artists from their collection: Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa), Rigobert Nimi (DRC) and Billie Zangewa (South Africa).

This reopening is an opportunity to plunge into the discovery of “Galaxie, ville du futur”, a monumental work commissioned from the artist Rigobert Nimi by Gervanne and Matthias Leridon in 2015. A true urban utopia, this work is being exhibit to the public for the first time as part of this exhibition.

Rigobert Nimi, « Galaxie, ville du futur », 2015 – 2017, 400 x 200 x 150 cm
©Rigobert Nimi, courtesy Collection Leridon

This unique exhibition aims to highlight the originality as well as the diversity of African artists living and working in sub-Saharan Africa. The exhibition shows an impressive diversity in terms of materials, techniques and narratives. Impregnated in their political and religious contexts, the exhibited works lead the viewer to question and reflect.

Rigobert Nimi, « Galaxie, ville du futur », 2015 – 2017, 400 x 200 x 150 cm
©Rigobert Nimi, courtesy Collection Leridon

Find all the information to this exhibition here


To honor the artists and celebrate their art, Gervanne and Matthias Leridon hosted an Artists Party on February 12th, 2020 in Tarrystone, in which part of the Leridon’s collection unique artworks were exhibited.

The event successfully welcomed more than 350 artists and 850 guests !

The Artists Party 2020 – Video editing ©Ebert Steyn

“Tomorrow, there will be more of us” Stellenbosch Triennale

Exhibition from 11 February 2020 – 30 April 2020

The Stellenbosch Triennale aims to make Stellenbosch the primary destination of multi-disciplinary art in Africa by tapping into the creative impetus that is reverberating across the continent.

In this framework, Leridon Collection has offered its first artistic grant to the artist Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson. The artist had been financially helped and has benefited from professionals to help her create an original artwork for the Curator’s exhibition at Stellenbosch Triennale 2020.

Gervanne and Matthias Leridon with Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson
at Stellenbosch Triennale 11, 2020 ©Elodie Gregoire

Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old Ghanaian artist whose practice revolves around an interest in the material and industrial processes (seen in her recent works with synthetic plastics) as well as nature.

Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) where she obtained first-class honors in Fine Art from the Department of Painting and Sculpture in Kumasi. 

Gervanne and Matthias Leridon with Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson
at Stellenbosch Triennale 11, 2020 ©Elodie Gregoire

“Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art” exhibition at Astrup Fearnley Museet

January 31, 2020 — May 17, 2020

Gervanne and Matthias Leridon Collection support the exhibition through the loan of major artists’ artworks from the African continent.

The monumental installation «Galaxie, ville du futur», commissioned by Leridon Collection to the artist Rigobert Nimi has been exhibited for the first time at the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo. Created between 2015 and 2017, the artwork is entirely composed of recycled materials (aluminium, wood, metal and plastic) and electric materials.

Installation view of Rigobert NIMI’s artwork « Galaxie, ville du futur ». Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020 ©Rigobert Nimi, courtesy Collection Leridon
Rigobert NIMI in front of his artwork « Galaxie, ville du futur »
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020

Billie Zangewa‘s artworks “The Rebirth of the Black Venus » and “White Christmas” as well as Nicholas HloboNalo ikhwezi alinyulu”  ribbon on canvas are also part of this exhibition.

Nicholas Hlobo “Nalo ikhwezi alinyulu”, 2015. Ribbon on canvas
©Nicholas Hlobo, courtesy Collection Leridon
Exhibition view of “Nalo ikhwezi alinyulu»’s artwork, Nicholas Hlobo.
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020
©Nicholas Hlobo, courtesy Collection Leridon
Billie Zangewa in front of her work “the Rebirth of the Black Venus”. Astrup Fearnley MLuseet, Oslo – January 2020
Installation View of “The Rebirth of the Black Venus », Billie Zangewa,
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020
©Billie Zangewa, courtesy Collection Leridon

The exhibition “Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art” curated by André Magnin is presented at the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo. The title of the exhibition refers to the brightest star in the constellation of the Southern Cross, located in the Milky Way. This major exhibition on contemporary art from Africa features works that illustrate the diversity and originality of artists living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Alpha Crucis is the last chapter in a series of exhibitions launched in 2005 by Director Gunnar B. Kvaran that have explored art scenes in different countries and continents. The exhibitions have covered the US, Brazil, India, China, Europe, and now Africa.

Installation view of Rigobert NIMI’s artwork « Galaxie, ville du futur ». Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020 ©Rigobert Nimi, courtesy Collection Leridon

Participating Artists: Seni Awa Camara (1945, Senegal), Omar Victor Diop (1980, Senegal), John Goba (1944–2019, Sierra Leone), Kay Hassan (1956, South Africa), Romuald Hazoumè (1962, Benin), Nicholas Hlobo (1975,South Africa), Lebohang Kganye (1990, South Africa), Houston Maludi (1978, DR Congo), Abu Bakarr Mansaray (1970, Sierra Leone), Senzeni Marasela (1977, South Africa), JP Mika (1980, DR Congo), Fabrice Monteiro (1972, Belgium), Rigobert Nimi (1965, DR Congo), Wura-Natasha Ogunji (1970,USA), Chéri Samba (1956, DR Congo), Amadou Sanogo (1977, Mali), Billie Zangewa (1973, South Africa).


Freddy Tsimba’s “Encore un effort” artwork exhibited at Congo Biennale

Monumental artwork “Encore un effort” by the artist Freddy Tsimba exhibited on the occasion of the Congo Biennale, Kinshasa, from October 20th to November 21st, 2019.

More than 40 artists, designers, architects, art historians, curators, art critics from five continents have been invited to realize a project in the cosmopolitan city of Kinshasa.

Installation View « Encore un effort » of Freddy Tsimba
présented in Kin Art Studio for the Congo Biennial
©Martin Lukongo, courtesy Collection Leridon

« Encore un effort » is a monumental artwork realized in 2011 by Freddy Tsimba and entirely made of cutlery (spoons and forks). Used, they cover the floor and are collected by children from the street to whom Freddy bought it. From those waste materials of society, the artist creates an artwork that speaks of those who are hungry.

Freddy Tsimba « Encore un effort », 2011
©Martin Lukongo, courtesy Collection Leridon
Freddy Tsimba and his artwork “Encore un effort” at his studio in Kinshasa
Matonge district. September 2019

Born in Kinshasa in 1967, Freddy Bienvenu Tsimba graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa. Among other merits (of which the silver medal at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Ottawa, Canada in 2001), he received a diploma of honor at the Béziers International Plastic Arts Fair. The artist has been the ambassador of DR Congo in several festivals around the world.

In his district of Matonge, he does not imagine in his tender youth that by making models of cars in wire he scares a bright future in the world of Congolese sculpture. Freddy Tsimba to this day exploits bronze, metal, cement. Through his sculptures, he deals with the essential questions of humanity and tries to denounce the tragedies caused by the war and the harmful aspects of the Congolese economic situation.

Freddy Tsimba and his artwork “Encore un effort” at his studio in Kinshasa
Matonge district. September 2019

Leridon Prize attributed to Beya Gille Gacha and Adejoke Tugbiyele

The Leridon Prize was awarded on October 10, 2019 by Gervanne Leridon at the BISO Biennale Internationale de Sculpture of Ouagadougou.

Gervanne Leridon surrounded by members of the BISO Jury – Biennial International Sculpture of Ouagadougou

Congratulations to the two winners: Beya Gille Gacha and Adejoke Tugbiyele!

Created at the initiative of the Burkina Faso photographer Léon Nyaba Ouedraogo and the contemporary art sales manager of the Piasa house, Christophe Person, the first edition of the Biennial International Sculpture of Ouagadougou (BISO) is held from October 6 to November 15th 2019.

Born from a Cameroonian mother and a French father, Beya Gille Gacha uses beads inspired by the Bamileke tradition to cover her sculptures. Her series of ORANTS questions the themes of childhood and education. In ORANT # 5, a child breaks the concrete floor to reveal the earth and plants three highly symbolic and fertile trees: Shea, Nere and Bamboo. The artist wanted to recall the visionary word of Thomas Sankara, who instituted planting a tree at every great event. Breaking the framework imposed by education and society, this child dares to take his place in society and creates a new future, placing environmental and ecological issues as priorities.

ORANT #5, 2019 Dimensions variables ©Beya Gille Gacha
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Born in the United States and raised in Nigeria, Adejoke Tugbiyele is a committed queer artist. Her works celebrate the diversity, sexuality and individuality of black women and minorities, calling for a better balance between the sexes. Traditional brooms – historically associated with women – are transformed into lines and shapes that celebrate the essence, beauty and strength of women. Inspired by the vision and legacy of Thomas Sankara and his women’s liberation movement, the sculpture titled “Angel” suggests the presence of bi-spiritual beings full of feminine energy who may present themselves as divine angels.

Untitled, 2019. Dimensions variables ©Adejoke Tugbiyele
(détail) Untitled, 2019. Dimensions variables ©Adejoke Tugbiyele

Willie Bester’s “For those left behind” artwork at the Rupert Museum

From may 18th 2019 to May 10th 2020, the Rupert Museum of Cape Town is presenting The Cape Town Trienniale, an exhibtion that brings together a selection of contemporary artists having participating to this event since the beginning. The exhibition mix every artwork exhibited during the Triennale as well as some more recent works from those same artists. All selected artists interrogate and work aroung socio-political subjects.

Exhibition view – « Africa Remix», 2005 ©universes-in-universe

In this framework, the Collection Leridon lends the artwork “For those left behind” created by Willie Bester in 2003 and then exhibited in “Africa Remix” in 2005.

Matthias Leridon in Willie Bester’s studio ©Elodie Gregoire
Willie Bester in front of “For those left behind” artwork during The Cape Town Triennals ©Rupert Museum

Willie Bester’s work is influenced by social consciousness. He is inspiring from the forgotten in order to create strong, figurative and audacious artworks.

« My art must be taken as a drug with an unpleasant taste to awaken consciences.” says the artist. Rooted in the “Resistance Art” movement, his job is to make viewers reflect on the injustices of his country.

Exhibtion view – « The Cape Town Triennals » ©Rupert Museum

“For those left behind” follows a previous artwork made in 2001 and entitled “Dogs of War”. These two sculptures refer to the August 2001 scandal surrounding the North East Rand police dog unit in Johannesburg, which shocked South Africa as a whole. The case concerned three Mozambican migrants assaulted by the dogs of the police group, who voluntarily launched them. Willie Bester then decides to represent one of the attackers accompanied by his dog. The materials used allow him to transcribe the fright of this episode and in a certain way, to dehumanize it.

Exhibited artists : Marion Arnold, Deborah Bell, Willie Bester, Steven Cohen, Keith Dietrich, Philippa Hobbs, Sfiso KaMkame, William Kentridge, Karel Nel, Stanley Pinker, Peter Schütz, Helen Sebidi, Penelope Siopis et Diane Victor.